About the Modern English Tanka Press (MET Press)

26 Feb

Journals published by Modern English Tanka Press ("MET Press").

Print journals published by Modern English Tanka Press include Modern English Tanka, Ambrosia: Journal of Fine Haiku, Haiku Harvest: Journal of Haiku in English, Modern Haiga, Modern Haibun & Tanka Prose, Prune Juice: Journal of Senryu and Kyoka, Concise Delight, and the first four issues of Atlas Poetica: A Journal of Poetry of Place in Modern English Tanka. Also, several issues of the Tanka Society of America’s Ribbons journal were published together by the TSA and MET Press.

Other books published by Modern English Tanka Press were poetry collections, both by single poets and by collaborating poets, anthologies, scholarly works, and some conservation projects.

MODERN ENGLISH TANKA PRESS (widely known simply as “MET Press”) was an independent publishing house in Baltimore, Maryland, dedicated to developing and producing works of lasting literary value. Denis M. Garrison was the publisher. MET Press published quality manuscripts on a wide range of subjects from 2005 through 2014. Its publications, primarily trade paperbacks and hardcover books, were produced using modern print-on-demand production and distribution methods. MET Press titles were retailed through its own bookstore online at the website of its printer/distributor, as well as through and other book retailers. The special mission of Modern English Tanka Press was to promote the tanka form of poetry, to educate newcomers to tanka about the form’s history and future, techniques and uses, and to work for wider publication of tanka in both specialty and mainstream poetry venues. To those ends, Modern English Tanka Press published special edition books of tanka and related subjects. It also operated Tanka Central, the internet megasite for tanka, with its popular Tanka News & Haiku Headlines newsletter. Denis M. Garrison, a literary magazine editor and publisher since the early 1970s, and a member of the Tanka Society of America, Haiku Society of America, Tanka Canada, and Anglo-Japanese Tanka Society, owned and operated Modern English Tanka Press.


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2 responses to “About the Modern English Tanka Press (MET Press)

  1. Esteban Alonso Ramírez

    July 14, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Hello. I am fellow tanka lover from Costa Rica. Currently, I’m engaged in a research about what paths has followed tanka outside Japan since World War II to today.
    I have, in fact, found the Atlas Poética Magazine through Amazon, and thanks to it I discovered the MET. I should deeply thank you for the work that has implied.
    May I ask why the press is no longer working? I know such initiatives can be really hard.
    Best regards, I wish you and your beloved ones the best.


    • Denis M. Garrison

      July 14, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you, Esteban, for your kind comments. The Modern English Tanka Press was a small press of which I was the owner, publisher, chief editor, production manager, and . . . well you get the point. The simple fact is that I experienced worsening health a few years ago and, finally, it impeded me from doing the high quality kind of publishing I had established. The press was a victim of its success. It got too large a list for me to service properly and I had to close it down. Atlas Poetica and Prune Juice (Senryu & Kyoka) are, I believe, the only two continuing journals. They are independently published now and thriving nicely under their editor-publishers. Thank you for asking. Best wishes, Denis



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